Navigating the Digital Horizon: The Police Digital Technology Strategy

Jordaine Minchin
February 5, 2024

In an era defined by rapid technological advancements, law enforcement agencies around the world are facing unprecedented challenges. To navigate this complex landscape, it's imperative to have a clear digital strategy in place. That's why the National Policing Strategy 2020-2030, have outlined its digital ambitions and priorities to shape the future of policing.

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Its strategy revolves around five key digital ambitions, each meticulously crafted to address internal and external pressures while harnessing the power of police technology. Let's delve into each ambition and its corresponding priorities:

  1.  Seamless Citizen Experience: Our goal is to provide citizens with seamless, digitally enabled interactions with the police. This involves offering multiple engagement channels and connecting citizen interactions and data across different departments and forces while maintaining public trust through ethical data practices.
  2. Addressing Harm: Leveraging digital technologies, we aim to identify and mitigate risks of harm in both physical and digital realms. Through early interventions and proactive policing approaches enabled by police technology, we seek to protect vulnerable individuals more effectively and disrupt criminal activities.
  3. Enabling Officers & Staff Through Digital: Investing in our workforce's digital capabilities is paramount. From digitizing core policing processes to providing officers with the necessary tools, we're committed to equipping our personnel with the skills and knowledge needed to combat increasingly complex crimes.
  4. Embedding a Whole Public System Approach: Collaboration is key to tackling complex public safety issues. By fostering openness and deepening partnerships with public sector agencies, we can work more effectively across the public safety system, leveraging data insights and digital tools to safeguard public trust.
  5. Empowering the Private Sector: Strengthening our relationships with the private sector is essential in sharing public safety responsibilities. However, clarity in roles and responsibilities is crucial to ensure effective collaboration and to address the evolving threats in digital spaces.

In essence, its digital ambition is to create a more connected, efficient, and responsive police service that leverages technology to better serve the public and address emerging challenges. Through strategic investments, collaboration, and partnerships, they are committed to shaping the future of policing in the digital age.